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Toxic Algae Blooms Are On the Rise, Fueled by Climate Change, Pollution

Scientists, public officials and citizens must work together to protect our shared waters. By Sonya Dyhrman  June 29, 2020

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Algae bloom again

BY KELLY LOPEZ The swirls of green algae are difficult to ignore and even more courageous to dive into. Summer has officially arrived and with it comes what has become an annual algae bloom in Canyon Lake. Those who live around the lake, and especially those in East Bay, are scratching their heads again as to what causes the unsightly bloom and how can it be prevented and remedied.

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Pros offer tips to keep your lawn and garden party ready

Bob Moulesong              Times Correspondent As summer settles in our thoughts turn to the backyard, always a sanctuary but more so as the coronavirus pandemic highlights stay-at-home activities. But being a homebody doesn’t have to be drab, expensive or uneventful. Aesthetics When preparing the backyard for entertaining, appearance ranks high. 

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The secret to mowing a perfect lawn

Lance Ellis | In the Garden | Published at 5:18 pm, June 28, 2020 One of the most mundane jobs in the world is mowing your lawn. You get into the habit of doing it on a certain day, get it done, it looks nice, and then you’re happy it’s over with and behind you. But like anything, there are better ways to do it and to make the end product better.

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Before genetically modified mosquitoes are released, we need a better EPA

If risks are being assessed, it is largely happening behind closed doors between technology developers and EPA employees. By Natalie Kofler and Jennifer KuzmaUpdated June 22, 2020, 3:00 a.m. While the attention of the American public has rightfully been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, its associated racial disparities, and broader issues of structural racism, the US government made a serious public health decision — one that could affect our health and our environment for generations to come.

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Summer’s First Algae Blooms Highlight Need for Stormwater Utilities, Advocates Say

JON HURDLE | JUNE 22, 2020 | ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT, WATER Department of Environmental Protection reports ‘HABs’ in Warren, Mercer counties, prompting fears of lake closures for the second straight year

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Enjoy your own (healthy) lawn this summer

by Jennifer Hartzell Many of us have had our summer plans upended by the coronavirus pandemic and are going to be enjoying our own yards more than ever. Having a healthy lawn is not only important for the health of you and your family, but for the health of wildlife and Lake Erie. Weed-free, lush, green lawns. Many people strive for this; I tell my kids not to play on them and while walking I actively avoid lawns that have the little “chemical lawn application” sign posted. Why?

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Campbell Vaughn: For healthy lawn, take time to mow right

By Campbell Vaughn Columnist       Posted Jun 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM We have had good moisture so far this growing season and the heat is on the way. This weather has the grass moving upward fast. While many of us consider mowing the lawn to be an unwelcome aspect of home ownership, good mowing equals a nice lawn. Your lawn is one of the most highly visible portions of your landscape and mowing it correctly has a tremendous impact on its health and vigor.

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Manitowoc residents asked to limit use of fertilizers, herbicides on lawns

Alisa M. Schafer, Manitowoc Herald Times ReporterPublished 2:53 p.m. CT June 17, 2020 MANITOWOC - The city of Manitowoc has reminded residents to use fertilizers and herbicides sparingly on and around their yards.  "Chemicals and weed killers are not needed for a healthy lawn, and they're one of the main reasons we have green algae in our lakes and streams," a press release released Wednesday by the city said.

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Can Lawn Care Be Environmentally Friendly?

Earth911 - June 16, 2020 A beautiful grass lawn is good for the environment, right? Not necessarily, and the lawn care company who does yard work can make a big difference to a positive answer for this question. While grass, like other plants, captures carbon dioxide (CO2), certain lawn care practices can cancel out the environmental benefits of growing grass. For example, the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, as well as gas-powered yard equipment and high water...

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